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Ashley Smith-Roberts

Ashley Smith-Roberts


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Ashley Smith-Roberts is a licensed attorney and sustainable development professional who focuses on issues of mining, minerals, and global supply chains. She has collaborated with lawyers and other professionals across the globe to evaluate trends in global supply chains and supplier management, written white papers on international trade and sustainable development, and has authored an International Bar Association publication on artisanal and small-scale mining and the gold supply chain in Peru and elsewhere. Ashley has contributed to assessments for leading international mining standards as well as international guidance documents for government stakeholders to improve their legal frameworks and management of environmental and social impacts in the mining sector. Ashley is currently adjunct law faculty and teaches a course on mining and community engagement in the United States.

Prior to joining Levin Sources, Ashley worked as Senior Director of an independent, nonprofit research institute advancing best practices for sustainable management of renewable energy and natural resources. There, she managed research on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and global mineral supply chains; mining, renewable energy, and sustainable development; and investment and ESG frameworks of the mining, minerals, and metals sector. She has experience exploring and advising on the link between minerals and other raw materials and the green energy transition, with a keen interest in the role of minerals in the advancement of renewable energy, electric vehicles, AI, and other technology. Ashley has experience exploring the rights and roles of communities affected by natural resource development, including Indigenous communities. She has conducted research and provided policy recommendations on the intersection of human rights, mining, and sustainable development. She is interested in the interplay between human rights, labor rights, and their effect on global supply chain management, and she has analyzed international trade agreements through this lens. She has contributed to a textbook on international trade and labor law, with in-depth analysis of how labor laws affect global supply chains via international trade. She has implemented a comparative analysis of international trade and human rights across different trade regimes, with a focus on leveraging trade as a tool to promote sustainable development. One of her proudest career accomplishments to date has been the development and management of a new assessment framework methodology to directly analyze the alignment of mining, minerals, and renewable energy corporate policies and procedures to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ashley received her LL.M. (Distinction) in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, with a Certificate in World Trade Organization & International Trade Studies. There, she specialized in European Union law and also topics concerning sustainable development, business and human rights, and corporate social responsibility. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she received an award for scholastic excellence for her work in international trade and sustainable development. Ashley is an experienced researcher with strong legal, editing, and writing skills, and she holds a university degree in journalism and editing. Ashley is experienced in multiple international frameworks related to sustainability assessments, and she holds a certificate in Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Standards. She is passionate about global supply chain management of mining, minerals, and metals and working with companies to advise them on how their operations can have a positive impact on sustainable development. Before becoming an attorney, Ashley spent time working for the government in the state of Colorado, USA, and she also has experience at government and nonprofit policy research agencies in Washington, DC.

Ashley works in English and speaks Intermediate-level French. Follow her on Twitter at @AshleyS_Roberts.

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